Proper Divine Office Chants of the Ecclesiastical Province of Prague
The main goal of this project is to collect chant tunes necessary for celebration of the Divine Office on feasts proper to the ecclesiastical province of Prague (historical territory of the kingdom of Bohemia, western part of today's Czech Republic) according to the calendar and liturgical texts in place right before the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council. As an extension of that primary goal, tunes should subsequently be edited also for Latin texts of the post-Vatican II LOTH proper of Czech Republic, which share a significant portion of chants with the older provincial proper.
Additional information in Czech:
- blog post introducing the project
- thesis, on pp. 17-19 summarizing modern history of the provincial proper
While most of the liturgical texts and chants are of little liturgical use beyond the borders of Bohemia, the formulary of St. John Nepomuk (S. Ioannes Nepomucenus, Hl. Johannes von Nepomuk) was indulted to many dioceses throughout Germany and elsewhere. Our list of discovered chant sources for the feast covers several independent regional traditions/authors and may be of broader international interest.
Prague provincial proper to the 1912 Antiphonale Romanum (WIP, raw and very incomplete)
- S. Adalbertus / St. Adalbert/Vojtěch
- S. Ioannes Nepomucenus / St. John Nepomuk
- S. Vitus
- S. Venceslaus / St. Wenceslas ("new" formulary introduced in 1865)
All project source codes are available on Github.
Chants of the Czech Proper Feasts Elsewhere
- Chorál v liturgii - Vespers (Liturgia horarum, Latin) as they are sung in the St. Vitus cathedral, Prague
- In adiutorium - plainchant musical setting of the complete Liturgy of the Hours in Czech + catalogue of other available settings of the Czech texts, both printed and online
Liturgical texts online
(Digitalized official editions of the texts we are collecting tunes for.)